Essential Conditions of Flow in Reading

FlowInReading400x300Presentation for the Seventh Annual Extensive Reading Seminar, Sunday September 28, 2014 Keisen University, Tokyo Japan.

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Research strongly supports concept of flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990), and reading is known as one of the most common flow activities. When students experience flow, they become so absorbed and captivated by the experience of reading that they lose their sense of time and place, and the pleasure of reading becomes its own intrinsic reward. In this paper, the author will (1) define flow, (2) outline the essential conditions of flow in reading, and (3) suggest activities that will help teachers facilitate flow for language learners in extensive reading classes.